Credit cheaters' 'spoof' gives cops a tough time
Date of Publishing:25/10/2010
The criminals use spoofing technique to produce proxy IP addresses. This makes the job of the cyber crime police tough.
As technology evolves, credit card fraudsters are adopting new methods to dupe card holders and to mislead cyber crime investigators.
Sources say that after stealing card details by using wireless skimmers, the cyber criminals are using spoofing technique to produce proxy Internet Protocol addresses. This makes the job of the cyber crime police tough and the fraudsters remain untraced.
The cyber forensic expert of the State Crime Investigation Department, Mr U.Ram Mohan, said, "There are several cases of credit card fraud that are reported to us. Out of around 50 cyber crime cases most are either credit card frauds or cases of Nigerians duping people. The card details are mostly stolen at petrol pumps, restaurants, and shopping malls and also during online use. They are using skimmers to copy the data when the cards are handed over to them." After the cards are skimmed, the data is used for online shopping and online purchase of tickets.
Cyber criminals are also using bluetooth technology for transferring the stolen card numbers.
The cyber crime police station inspector, Mr Ravi Kumar Reddy, said, "In most cases registered with us, the accused are using the credit card details for buying air tickets. They are using spoofing techniques so that the IP addresses cannot be traced." In one of the cases registered with the CID cyber crime police station, the accused used IP spoofing.
Though it is suspected that he had purchased the tickets locally, the IP address was traced to Malaysia.
"When they buy domestic air tickets it is very difficult to trace the addresses. In cases of international tickets at least the passport number helps us to track the user of the ticket. In one of the case it was tracked to a Gulfbound unskilled employee who said the agent had given him the ticket. We are yet to trace the person who actually stole the credit card details and was using the spoofing technique," said an investigator.
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